A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 GMC Terrain

When you look at smaller SUVs like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, do you wish for just a little bit more space? But then when you look at the larger SUVs like the Ford Explorer or the Honda Pilot, they’re just too big. What can you do? Take a look at the 2012 GMC Terrain. While it doesn’t have a third row bench, it does have more space than most small SUVs and is a great option for those who are stuck in between.

Key Features

One of our favorite features of all models of the 2012 GMC Terrain is the adjustability on the rear bench. It can move forward or back a full eight inches, so you can give your passengers more legroom or make more room for cargo, depending on who’s riding with you and how much gear you need to take along. The other feature that really stands out is the heated cloth upholstery seats. You can even start the car and start heating the seats with a remote fob, so you’ll be comfortable as soon as you get in the vehicle, even on the coldest days.

Changes for 2012

GMC has updated the engine for 2012 to be E85-compatible, and some trim levels now come standard with USB input ports and Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, as well as streaming audio.

What We Like

We like that the 2012 GMC Terrain is a practical crossover utility vehicle with some style and a bit of an edge. You definitely won’t feel like you’re driving a minivan or a boat like you do in some larger SUVs, and you won’t feel cramped like you would in some smaller vehicles, either.

What Concerns Us

Unlike a lot of other crossover vehicles, the 2012 GMC Terrain does not come with an all-wheel drive option, which can be a deal breaker if you want to get off road at all.

Available Models

With the 2012 GMC Terrain, you can opt for either a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V6, depending on your needs and preferences. The V6 is more powerful and can handle more extreme terrain, but the 4-cylinder gets better fuel economy with a 32-MPG rating on the highway for the front-wheel drive model.

Major Recalls

Some models have been recalled to address an issue with a seat height adjuster bolt that could fall out and/or another issue with the tire pressure monitoring system.

Common Issues

The most common problems with the 2012 GMC Terrain seem to center around engine warning lights and engine misfires while driving.

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